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Robinson, Jr., Franklin A.

Archivist

Positions

Maryland and Virginia colonial history, particularly the tobacco culture of colonial Maryland and how it was the support of the Church of England in the colony after the establishment of 1692. Other areas of study include popular culture (film and theatre), and agriculture.

Geographic Focus

Professional Biography

  • Franklin A. Robinson, Jr. is an Archives Specialist with the Archives Center, National Museum of American History (NMAH), Smithsonian Institution. In addition to collecting, he works with the Archives’ processing team on preparing paper and film collections for long-term preservation and researcher use. He has collected and processed collections dealing with agriculture, popular culture, LGBT, and the performing arts.  He has curated numerous Archives Center exhibits on a variety of topics.  He has authored many finding aids as well as monographs and books on local Maryland history. He contributed a chapter to Jessica Lacher-Feldman’s book, Exhibits in Archives and Special Collections Libraries and has an article published in the summer 2014 issue of the journal QED.  His book, Faith & Tobacco, was published in 2015 by Anchovy Hill Press.  He is the current chair of the Charles County Historic Preservation Commission and a recipient of The Maryland Historical Trust’s Preservation Service Award. He was appointed to the board of the Maryland Historical Trust by Governor Hogan in 2016.  He is a board member for the Maryland Association of Historic Districts Commission, and the National Episcopal Historians and Archivists. He is a member of the Society of American Archivists and the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference.  He is also a professional actor, produced playwright, and playwriting teacher. He is a resident of Benedict, Charles County, Maryland.